A man of the cloth.
Tablecloth, washcloth, loincloth.
An example of a cloth is a hand towel.
An example of cloth used as an adjective is a cloth towel.
- With a clothbound binding; as a clothbound book.
- The usual or identifying dress of a profession, esp. of the clergy.
- The clergy collectively.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cloth
- Middle English from Old English clāth
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cloth, clath, from Old English clāþ (“cloth, clothes, covering, sail”), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþą (“garment”), from Proto-Indo-European *gleyt- (“to cling to, cleave, stick”). Cognate with Scots clath (“cloth”), North Frisian klaid (“dress, garment”), West Frisian kleed (“cloth, article of clothing”), Dutch kleed (“robe, dress”), Low German kleed (“dress, garment”), German Kleid (“dress, garment”), Danish klæde (“cloth, dress”), Swedish kläde (“cloth”), Icelandic klæði (“cloth, dressing”), Old English clīþan (“to adhere, stick”). Compare Albanian ngjit (“to stick, attach, glue”).